28 May
Tobruk-Based Libya PM Targeted in Assassination Attempt

Photo Credit: CNN/Alexander Zemlianichenko Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni of the Tobruk-based government survived an assassination attempt yesterday by gunmen in Tobruk. While on his way to the airport after attending a parliament session, al-Thinni's motorcade was attacked, leaving one of his guards wounded. ...

26 May
POMED Hearing Notes: Egypt Two Years After Morsi: Part I

On Wednesday, May 20th, the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa held a hearing entitled “Subcommittee Hearing: Egypt Two Years After Morsi: Part I.” The committee invited speakers Eric Trager, Ph.D., Esther K. Wagner Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy; Samuel Tadros, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute; and Nancy Okail, Ph.D., Executive Director, Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy to testify. To ...

22 May
Yemen Peace Talks Postponed Indefinitely

Peace talks which had been set to begin on May 28th between Yemeni government and opposition members, including the Houthis, have been indefinitely postponed. The inclusive peace talks were to be hosted hosted by the U.N. in Geneva. The ...

20 May
Analysts Call for More Aid to Tunisia as President Essebsi Prepares to Meet Obama

In anticipation of  Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi's meeting with President Barack Obama on Thursday, there have been calls to increase U.S. support for the young democracy. Citing security and economic concerns, President Essebsi has stated "we are in a ...

18 May
Yemen Ceasefire Ends, Saudi Airstrikes Resume

Photo Credit: Reuters Despite appeals by the United Nations for an extension, Saudi Arabia and Houthi forces have resumed fighting in Yemen. Reyad Yassin Abdulla, Yemen's foreign minister, blamed the Houthis for a failed truce renewal. Yemen's exiled president Abed Rabbo Mansour ...

18 May
Morsi, AUC Professor, and More than 90 Others Sentenced to Death

Photo Credit: AP An Egyptian court sentenced former president Mohammed Morsi to death along with more than 100 other defendants. The conviction was based on Morsi's alleged collaboration with Hamas and Hezbollah in a series of prison ...

14 May
Obama Gathers GCC Leaders to Discuss Iran, Regional Security

Photo Credit: Aljazeera Leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will meet with President Obama to discuss U.S. security commitment to the Gulf and their concerns about a possible nuclear accord with Iran. Saudi Arabia's King Salman will not attend ...

06 May
U.N.-Sponsored Syria Peace Talks Resume, Rebel Forces Make Gains

Photo Credit: United Nations The United Nations has launched another round of peace talks between parties in Syria's ongoing civil war. Staffan de Mistura, the U.N.'s Syria envoy, said that representatives of the opposition will include "a broad spectrum of youth, ...

05 May
Questions of Cluster Munitions, Ground Troops Emerge in Yemen Fighting

Photo Credit: Reuters Reports have emerged highlighting the possible use of cluster munitions by Saudi Arabian air forces in Yemen. Cluster munitions are prohibited under international law adopted in 2008 by over 116 nations, excluding the United States, Saudi ...

01 May
POMED Notes: House MENA Subcommittee, “Regional Impact of U.S. Policy Towards Syria and Iraq”

On Thursday, April 30th, the House Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa held a hearing entitled “Regional Impact of U.S. Policy Towards Iraq and Syria.” The committee invited speakers Seth G. Jones, Ph.D., Director, International Security and Defense Policy Center at the RAND Corporation; General Jack Keane, USA, Retired, Chairman of the Board, Institute for the Study of War; and Tamara Cofman Wittes, Ph.D., Director, Center for Middle ...

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